SI.com’s Jon Heyman wrote yesterday:
The contending Cardinals might even consider parting with top outfield prospect Colby Rasmus, a major surprise. If so, it may put them in line to land Pittsburgh’s Xavier Nady, or even Jason Bay.
Cardinals fans can rest easy about their top prospect, however. Joe Strauss asked team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. if there is any chance Rasmus could play his first MLB game in another uniform. DeWitt’s reply: "I don’t anticipate that. No." In a recent updated Top 100 Prospects list from Baseball America, Rasmus ranked #4.
DeWitt also indicated that the Cardinals would be able to add another $1.5-2MM in payroll this year if need be.